Dnata gets room to grow at last

With the opening of a new cargo terminal, Dnata will finally get some much needed room to breathe at Dubai. Peter Conway explores the implications, and the handler¡¯s plans for the new airport at Jebel Ali.


With the opening of a new cargo terminal,Dnata will finally get some much needed roomto breathe at Dubai. Peter Conway explores theimplications, and the handler’s plans for thenew airport at Jebel Ali.

There will be an almost audible sighof relief at Dubai handlers Dnata atthe end of February, as its new cargoterminal – formerly known as phasethree of the Freezone Logistics Centre,now dubbed FreightGate 5 – finallycomes on line.

The new facility will in effect be a secondDubai Cargo Village, relieving themassive pressure that has been placedon that facility in the past decade or so,as its 350,000 tonne design capacity wasexceeded, and then exceeded again.

Jean-Pierre de Pauw, Dnata’s seniorvice president cargo, reckons that whenFreightGate 5 opens, both it and thecurrent Dubai Cargo Village facilitywill be 70-75 percent full. That shouldgive the airport enough cargo terminalcapacity for foreign airlines until atleast 2010, after which he says furthergrowth will almost certainly be accommodatedat the Dubai World Central,aka the new airport at Jebel Ali.

Like the current cargo village, FreightGate 5 has a theoretical designcapacity of 350,000 tonnes, and isquite unlike the previous two phasesof the Freezone Logistics Centre – nowknown as FreightGate 3 and 4 (Dnatahas rebranded all its terminals asFreightGates to harmonise the formerconfusing range of names).